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Location: At the south end of Highway 101; 3 miles south of Long Beach, WA and 10 miles north of Astoria, OR. Population: 815. Visitor Information: City of Ilwaco, Washington, PO Box 548, Ilwaco, WA 98624; Phone: (360) 642-3145.
A thriving traditional fishing port at the mouth of the Columbia River, Ilwaco anchors the Long Beach Peninsula where the Oregon Coast meets Washington State and is the gateway to the nation’s newest National Park, the Lewis and Clark National & State Historical Park. Known for its world-class charter fishing, Ilwaco boasts a heritage museum, a selection of restaurants, galleries, gift shops, lodging and services, canneries, a Saturday market, festivals and Columbia River tours.